Application guide

More Australian communities are being impacted by natural disasters as our climate changes. NAB Foundation Community Grants fund local projects that help communities prepare for natural disasters, support long-term recovery and build resilience against future disasters. 

Grants of up to $10,000 are available for community-led projects that do one or more of the following:

  • Readiness: help communities (people, environments, infrastructure) prepare for natural disasters
  • Recovery: help communities, landscapes and fauna rebuild and rehabilitate after natural disasters
  • Future-proofing: reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions.

Funding will be prioritised for community led-projects focused on:

Category

Prioritised funding areas

Readiness: help communities (people, environments, infrastructure) prepare for natural disasters

Prioritised funding areas

  • Preparedness and resilience tools and trainings for households, communities and businesses
  • Disaster response tools and equipment
  • Future proofing community infrastructure
  • Mental health and wellbeing programs that prepare people for natural disasters
  • Future-proofing natural environments,
  • Future-proofing wildlife

Recovery: help communities, landscapes and fauna rebuild and rehabilitate after natural disasters

Prioritised funding areas

  • Initiatives that rebuild community cohesion after a natural disaster
  • Rebuilding community infrastructure
  • Community recovery planning
  • Mental health and wellbeing recovery
  • Rehabilitation of natural environments
  • Wildlife recovery and rehabilitation

Future-proofing: reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions

Prioritised funding areas

  • Food cooperates
  • Urban greening
  • Efficient waste recovery and recycling
  • Low-carbon transport and supporting infrastructure

The following groups can apply for a grant to support a project, program or initiative: 

  • Australian charities
  • Social enterprises
  • Community organisations with a charitable purpose
  • Local governance or government-funded facility (such as a school or childcare centre) seeking funding for a program that furthers charitable purpose.

Our grant total and prize pool 

A total of $1 million in grants is available in two grant award rounds in 2022.

The program also has a $200,000 prize pool. Up to eight prizes per year will be awarded to projects that intend to have long-term social or environmental impact. We want to support you to either recreate your project in other areas, scale it or measure the impact. Whole-of-organisation NAB votes will decide prize recipients in May 2022 and October 2022. 

Funding Types

There are two funding types:

  • Community Grants of up to $10,000, from a total pool of $1 million.
  • Prizes, from a total prize pool of $200,000 for recipients of Community Grants where the project intends to have long-term social or environmental impact. This funding aims to support grantees to replicate their project in other areas, scale it or measure the impact. Applications can’t be submitted for prizes only.

Application process

After reading the below eligibility criteria, you’ll need to submit your application, opens in new window online. Applications by email or post won’t be accepted.

Round 1

Applications for round one close on 11 March 2022. Applications will be assessed, and successful grantees will be notified in May 2022.

Round 2

Applications for round two open on 11 March 2022 and successful grantees will be notified in October 2022.

 

We’ll notify successful applicants by email and later send them a grant agreement to sign. That’s when we’ll communicate the timing of grant payments.

The application form for grants of up to $10,000 will ask questions about the nature of the project, program or initiative, along with how it aligns with the grant program categories (listed above), and how the funds will be used.

Questions within the application form will also determine if your project, program or initiative is eligible to be considered for an extra prize from the $200,000 prize pool, on top of the $10,000 grant. If eligible, the form will direct you to additional questions about the intended social or environmental impact of your work. Applications can’t be submitted for prizes only.

Eligibility criteria

NAB Foundation Community Grants are open to:

  • Charities that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission (ACNC) 
  • Social enterprises (not-for-profit and for-profit) or start-ups with social and/or environmental impact at the core of their business 
  • Groups or organisations (not-for-profit and for-profit) that hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have a charitable purpose 
  • local government or government-funded facilities (such as a school or childcare centre) seeking funding for a program that furthers charitable purpose.

Your organisation does not need to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. 

If your organisation is not a registered charity or social enterprise with the ACNC, it must have documentation that demonstrates its charitable purpose. You’ll be asked to certify this and upload supporting documentation in the application form.

If you are a government entity (local government or council), you will be asked to certify that the funds will be used solely for the charitable purpose outlined in your application, and not recorded as a donation to a government or political party, or as a political donation.

We can only provide grants to support an organisation’s project, program or initiative that has a charitable purpose and is clearly aligned to the stated categories of the NAB Foundation Community Grants program.

NAB Foundation recognises that our community investments can contribute to broader global movements, both in our grant-making and partnerships. We therefore will look favourably on applications that align the outcomes of their project, program or initiative with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There is an optional question in the application about alignment to the SDGs.

The NAB Foundation intends to prioritise funding for smaller organisations with an income of $3 million or less per annum, and organisations who receive less than 40% of their annual funding from government.  While the NAB Foundation will prioritise funding for smaller organisations, larger organisations can still apply, if they have a local project / initiative that meets local needs, and they can demonstrate the funds will be used at that local community level.  

Exclusions

Applications won’t be accepted for the following: 

  • organisations or programs outside of Australia
  • organisations that don’t have an ABN or those that don’t hold charitable purpose 
  • individual applicants or personal expenses
  • programs that don’t align to the categories of the Community Grants program
  • activities that may be deemed harmful to the community or the environment
  • recurrent costs or continued funding (grants and prizes are one-off) 
  • government entities (with the exception of local government or government-funded facilities such as a school or childcare centre)
  • retrospective requests, general fundraising appeals or commercial sponsorships
  • business as usual activities, including marketing and fundraising activities
  • religious or sectarian education (programs by religion-based organisations that support a non-religious purpose are eligible to apply)
  • political support or political organisations
  • bequest programs
  • foundations that are grant-making bodies.

Assessment process

The application form sets out the key questions that we’ll use to assess applications. Applications will be assessed by the NAB Foundation team and NAB leaders in relevant regions. 

A grant will be assessed on its own merits and final amounts will depend on the nature and needs of the successful applicant. Community grant recipients eligible for prizes from the $200,000 prize pool will go on a shortlist, from which whole-of-organisation NAB votes will decide on the winners.

Grant agreement

Our grant agreement sets out the terms and conditions of our grants. Grants are only to be used for the purposes for which they are given. In our application form, we ask you to confirm that you’ll be able to enter into our grant agreement. The NAB Foundation reserves the right to accept or reject any applications in its sole discretion.

Frequently asked questions

  • Grants will fund local projects aiming to do one or more of the following:

    Readiness: help communities (people, environments, infrastructure) prepare for natural disasters

    • Preparedness and resilience tools and trainings for households, communities and businesses
    • Disaster response tools and equipment
    • Future proofing community infrastructure
    • Mental health and wellbeing programs that prepare people for natural disasters
    • Future-proofing natural environments,
    • Future-proofing wildlife

    Recovery: help communities, landscapes and fauna rebuild and rehabilitate after natural disasters 

    • Initiatives that rebuild community cohesion after a natural disaster
    • Rebuilding community infrastructure
    • Community recovery planning
    • Mental health and wellbeing recovery
    • Rehabilitation of natural environments
    • Wildlife recovery and rehabilitation

    Future-proofing: reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions

    • Food cooperates 
    • Urban greening 
    • Efficient waste recovery and recycling, 
    • Low-carbon transport and supporting infrastructure
  • We have two funding categories:

    1. Community Grants – allocated to a maximum of $10,000. These are one-off grants to be used over a 12-month period. Community Grants aim to provide support for a defined project, program or initiative or part of a project, program or initiative. They’re intended for smaller community organisations, charities that receive little or no government funding and aren’t big enough to generate significant income on their own.
    2. Prize pool of $200,000 – provides extra funding on top of a Community Grant. These will be allocated as a single, one-off contribution to be used over a 12-month period. Up to eight prizes per year will be awarded to projects that intend to have long-term social or environmental impact. The prizes are intended to support Community Grant recipients recreate their project in other areas, scale it or measure the impact. Community grants recipients eligible for prizes from the $200,000 prize pool will go on a shortlist, from which whole-of-organisation NAB votes will decide on the winners.
  • Applications can apply for a minimum of $1,000 and the maximum of $10,000 in funding. Prizes will be proportionate to the actual cost of a project, program or initiative. Final granting amounts are determined by the NAB Foundation, dependent on the nature or the need the proposal.

  • The NAB Foundation anticipates providing at least 100 Community Grants and up to eight impact grants over a 12-month period. These numbers may differ depending on the nature and needs of the successful applicants.

  • Applications will be divided according to their relevant geographies and assessed by the NAB Foundation team as well as NAB leaders in relevant regions. A grant will be based on its own merit, and final amounts will depend on the nature and needs of the successful applicants.

    • Charities that are registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission (ACNC) 
    • Social enterprises (not-for-profit and for-profit) or start-ups with social and/or environmental impact at the core of their business
    • Groups or organisations (not-for-profit and for-profit) that hold an Australian Business Number (ABN) and have charitable purpose 
    • Local government or government-funded facilities (such as a school or childcare centre) seeking funding for a program that furthers charitable purpose. 

    Your organisation doesn’t need to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status to apply.

    Note: There is no legal definition for social enterprise in Australia - please refer to your local state authorities for a definition. For example: organisations in Victoria can refer to Business Victoria, opens in new window for more information.

  • A charitable purpose (also called a mission or objective) may be the reason an organisation has been set up and the activities implemented towards achieving this purpose. This purpose is usually set out in an organisation's governing documentation. There are 12 charitable purposes set out in the Charities Act 2013 (Cth) (section 12(1)): 

    • advancing health
    • advancing education
    • advancing social or public welfare
    • advancing religion
    • advancing culture
    • promoting reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance between groups of individuals that are in Australia
    • promoting or protecting human rights
    • advancing the security or safety of Australia or the Australian public
    • preventing or relieving the suffering of animals
    • advancing the natural environment
    • other similar purposes ‘beneficial to the general public’ (a general category); or
    • promoting or opposing a change to any matter established by law, policy or practice in the Commonwealth, a State, a Territory or another country (where that change furthers or opposes one or more of the purposes above).
  • Funding can only be used to support an organisation’s project, program or initiative that has a charitable purpose and is clearly aligned to the program categories of the Community Grants program: 

    • Readiness: help communities (people, environments, infrastructure) prepare for natural disasters
    • Recovery: help communities, landscapes and fauna rebuild and rehabilitate after natural disasters
    • Future-proofing: reduce the risk of future natural disasters by cutting a community’s carbon emissions.

    Grants can only be used for the purposes for which they are given. In accordance with the grant agreement, if a grant can no longer be used for these purposes, the funds will need to be returned. Grants can’t be used for the benefit of shareholders, owners or members.

  • Grants can only be used for the purposes for which they are given. In accordance with the grant agreement, if a grant can no longer be used for these purposes, the funds will need to be returned.

  • Projects, programs or initiatives must be focused on one or more of the program’s focus areas.

    Some examples include:

    • Emergency response equipment for community service organisations
    • Rebuilding or future proofing community infrastructure
    • Community preparedness tools and training
    • Mental health and wellbeing programs (including telephone and online services)
    • Wildlife recovery support in areas impacted by natural disasters
    • Energy storage solutions, solar panels and batteries to mitigate climate risk and future natural disasters
    • Reducing communities carbon footprint
    • Strengthening the environment to be more resilient to natural disasters
    • Temporary infrastructure and housing (small housing)
    • Community cohesion and resilience programs. 


    Grants may be available for initiatives such as:

    • education
    • training
    • emergency systems
    • preparedness plans
    • mental health support
    • infrastructure
    • equipment
    • business resilience
    • household resilience
    • urban greening
    • biodiversity protection
    • reducing climate risk and more.
  • No.

  • No.

  • Yes.

  • Yes. Regardless of the outcome of your NAB Foundation Community Grant application in any given year, you can apply for future grants in line with application rules.

  • No. Organisations can only apply and receive one grant in a year.

    •  Round 1, 2022
    • Applications are close 11 March 2022. Applications will be assessed, and successful grantees will be notified May 2022. 
    • Round 2, 2022
    • Applications are open from 1 March 2022 to 31 August 2022. Applications will be assessed, and successful grantees will be notified in October 2022.
  • The application form will ask you to describe your organisation, project, program or initiative and how it aligns with one of our grant focus areas, as well as contact information and details of persons responsible for grant funds. If your organisation is not a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission, you will be asked to provide your Australian Business Number and evidence of your charitable purpose.

    Questions within the application form will also determine if your project, program or initiative is eligible to be considered for an extra prize from the $200,000 prize pool, on top of the $10,000 grant. If eligible, the form will direct you to additional questions about the intended social or environmental impact of your work. If you’re shortlisted for a prize, you may be asked to supply a project and budget plan.

  • A good application addresses each question succinctly and clearly outlines how the organisation, project, program or initiative aligns to one or more of our grant focus areas. Attachments to the application (unless they are mandatory attachments) won’t be read as the application should contain all the information that we need.

  • No. The NAB Foundation has complete and final discretion in relation to awarding a grant and these decisions are final.

  • No. Due to the high volume of applications, we will not be providing feedback on individual applications.

  • The application form will ask you if your project, program or initiative would benefit from in-kind support from NAB volunteers.  Successful applicants will be contacted post the grant process.

  • If you’re shortlisted for the $200,000 prize pool, we will ask you to supply a project and budget plan. Whole-of-organisation NAB votes will decide on prize winners.

  • The NAB Foundation will contact you via email to arrange the next steps, which will involve signing a grant agreement and arranging payment.

  • You will be advised via email if your application is not successful.

  • Yes. You’ll need to sign our grant agreement which sets out the terms and conditions of our grants. In our application form, we ask you to confirm that you’ll be able to enter into our grant agreement.

  • We’ll request feedback reports as appropriate to each project, program or initiative. This will be a condition of the grant agreement.

  • Grants will be paid at the end of the grant round. Completed grant agreements must be returned to the NAB Foundation before funds are dispersed.

    Community grants and prizes are to be used over a 12-month period. Prize recipients may have a one-time, no cost extension, not exceeding 6 months. Written notification of an extension with supporting reasons and progress report, must be received by NAB Foundation at least ten (10) days prior to the last day.

  • Applications received from 1 August 2021 to 28 February 2022 will be assessed, and successful grantees will be notified in April 2022. Grant agreements and payments into your nominated bank account (not required to be a NAB bank account) will follow.

    Applications received from 1 March 2022 to 31 August 2022 will be assessed, and successful grantees will be notified in October 2022. Grant agreements and payments into your nominated bank account (not required to be a NAB bank account) will follow.

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